Give me again the joy of your salvation and sustain me with your gracious spirit. (Psalm 51:7)
Psalm 51 is read every day in Morning Prayer throughout Lent. And with good reason. As I reflected on Wednesday, it’s a time of acknowledging that we all sin, and that God is abundant in His compassion. That is, of course, wonderful news – but it still feels as it is coming from a negative, ie us sinning. So how about the joy and positivity of this verse in the Psalm? Read it again; and take in the meaning of these few words.
We can all do with some joy in our lives right now. We all need something to sustain us. Here they are – in one verse – if we allow ourselves time to think about the enormity of what is packed into these words. I encourage you: pray this Psalm today.